Government used GH₵68.5m to buy 'pasco' for final year SHS students - Adutwum

Government used GH₵68.5m to buy 'pasco' for final year SHS students - Adutwum

  • The Minister of Education says GH₵68.5 million was blown on the purchase of past questions for final year SHS students
  • Dr. Yaw Osei Adutwum said this was part of government's intervention to help candidates prepare for their exams
  • He said the purchase of these handouts for final year students was funded by the free SHS account

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The Minister of Education, Dr. Yaw Osei Adutwum, has revealed that the government spent GH₵68.5 million to buy past questions for final year SHS students.

The decision to purchase the past questions and answers was part of interventions to help the candidates who are beneficiaries of the Free SHS program prepare for the 20/21 WASSCE.

Speaking on the floor of parliament, Dr Osei Adutwum said while the government spent GH₵33,6m to buy 568,755 Pasco in 2020, a total of 446,954 similar materials were also bought in 2021.

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Govt used GH₵68.5m to buy 'pasco' for final year SHS students - Education Minister
Govt used GH₵68.5m to buy 'pasco' for final year SHS students - Education Minister Photo credit: Graphic.com.gh
Source: UGC

In a report filed by Graphic.com.gh, the minister revealed that the materials were gotten from Messrs Kingdom Books and Stationery at a unit price of GH₵59 in 2020 and GH78 in 2021.

He added that the purchase of these handouts for final year students was funded by the free SHS account.

“The procurement of these questions was funded through the Free Senior High School account," he said.

In other news

The Minister for Education, Dr Yaw Osei Adutwum, has been invited to serve on the United Nations Advisory Group for Mission 4.7.

Mission 4.7 is a new global initiative designed to put into practice the bold vision articulated by the Sustainable Development Goal (SDGs) on education and target 4.7.

It will be led by two Patrons: Ban Ki-moon, the 8th Secretary-General of the UN and Audrey Azoulay, the Director-General of UNESCO.

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